The Little Rock Education Association is counting on Education Commissioner Johnny Key keeping his word that a waiver of the Teacher Fair Dismissal wouldn’t go into effect until next school year and that it would only cover schools that earned a “D” or “F” under the state’s new accountability scoring, LREA president Teresa Knapp Gordon said in a statement Monday night after the Times broke the news that
Key had previously declined to approve a contract between the
Gordon’s full statement:
The Little Rock Education Association Members have an expectation that Commissioner Key will honor his word, which he gave to the press via multiple statements that “the waiver would not go into effect until the next school year, that it would only be applied for use in the D and F schools, and that it would be used as a scalpel, not a chainsaw.”
His words were communicated to the LREA members via the press and through Superintendent Poore. While the LREA does not believe that there should be any waivers of the state laws and standards for accreditation that were put in place to ensure that our children receive a quality public education in Arkansas, the Little Rock Education Association stands by its commitments and we expect the Commissioner to do the same.